Beer Review: NORTH COAST TART CHERRY BERLINER WEISSE

Beer Review: NORTH COAST TART CHERRY BERLINER WEISSE

The North Coast Tart Cherry Berliner Weisse makes a bold entrance, housed in a clear 22 oz bomber, revealing a strikingly vivid pink beer. The eye-catching vibrant rose wine color and the robust pink foam create an immediately impressive spectacle when poured into a tulip glass.

Aroma

In keeping with the Berliner Weisse style, the soda-like foam is ephemeral. The aroma is quintessentially on point for the style, emanating notes of moist sourdough bread, a robust yeast presence, and a hint of sweaty funkiness attributed to the lactobacillus character. The fruit addition in the nose is subtle, allowing the beer’s inherent characteristics to shine.

Taste

At the forefront, the flavor profile leans pleasantly lactic, presenting a palatably approachable acidity. Mid-palate, a burst of fresh fruitiness emerges, showcasing authentic cherry juice character without the artificiality of maraschino cherries, grenadine, or cherry flavoring. The backend introduces a thickness of lactic acid, complemented by the presence of fresh bread and a mild saltiness. The overall experience is one of brightness, light acidity, and exceptional refreshment, with the cherry notes seamlessly integrated without overpowering the palate. In essence, a superbly executed and truly terrific beer.

Mouthfeel

The beer delivers a delightful combination of textures, with a crisp and lively effervescence upfront, followed by a smooth and creamy feel on the palate. The interplay of lactic acidity and the mild saltiness adds layers to the mouthfeel, contributing to the overall complexity of the beer.

Overall

Upon sharing this brew with a larger group of friends, even those who typically shy away from beer found it to be surprisingly “acceptable.” One enthusiastic taster went so far as to say, “I would maybe drink that.” The success of North Coast’s Tart Cherry Berliner Weisse lies in its ability to bridge the gap between beer enthusiasts and those less inclined towards the beverage. With its well-balanced flavors, refreshing nature, and skillful integration of cherry nuances, this limited release deserves accolades as an exceptionally well-crafted beer.